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Women Who Jazz: Rita Marcotulli



Women Who Jazz: Rita Marcotulli

Our Women Who Jazz series comes back with a much-awaited concert by pianist and composer Rita Marcotulli.

Rita Marcotulli, an icon of Italian jazz, carved herself an impressive international career in a very short period of time. She played alongside jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Palle Danielsson, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Pat Metheny and Nguyên Lê, and also collaborated with popular stars of the Italian music scene such as the late Pino Daniele and Gianmaria Testa.

For her debut in Washington DC, Rita will be joined on stage by guitarist Bebo Ferra. The leitmotiv of their collaboration is the idea of jazz as mood music, capable of creating new worlds and provoking unusual encounters, bringing out feelings that stem from their Mediterranean and European backgrounds and that take inspiration from classic jazz standards but also from film scores and pop music.  


This concert will be broadcast on WPFW




Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008


Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.

Once the event is full we will not accept wait list requests. A limited number of “last call" registrations will be available on Eventbrite between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the day of the event.





rita marcotulli

Born in Rome, Marcotulli is the daughter of a sound engineer who collaborated with Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Arthur Rubinstein among many others. At the age of five she fell in love with the piano, which she lately went on studying at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

In the early 80s she appeared on the fervent jazz Roman scene in which she performed along other musicians in selected clubs where many leading artists of the Italian Jazz started their careers.

Over the years Rita played with well-known musicians, such as Chet Baker, Steve Grossman, Peter Erskine, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Charlie Mariano, Tony Oxley, Michel Portal, Richard Galliano, Enrico Rava, Michel Benita, Aldo Romano, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Moses and Andy Sheppard.

In 1968 she set off for Sweden, an experience that lasted six years and that was a keystone in her musical evolution both as a pianist and as a composer.

From a stylistic point of view, her career was deeply marked by her pursuit of melody and love for an evocative rather than hyper-technical music style. In 1987 the magazine “Musica Jazz” voted her “Miglior nuovo talento italiano” (Best new Italian Talent). The following year she was summoned by Billy Cobham to be part of his formations.

More recently, she participated in the making of the film “Basilicata coast to coast”, for which she recorded the soundtrack. This music score won her the Golden Ciak in 2010, the Silver Ribbon for best soundtrack and the David di Donatello for the best musician (first woman ever to receive this award) along with the Top Jazz Award 2011 as best jazz Italian artist.

In 2019, President Sergio Mattarella awarded her the honorary title of “Officer” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Today, Marcotulli is a renowned pianist and composer, admired for her unique style and ability to improvise. Her source of inspiration includes influences from Brazilian, African and Indian music.




bebo ferraBebo Ferra is a Sardinian artist of origin but a Milanese by adoption. He is one of the best known Italian jazz guitarists who has an active role in the "Devil Quartet" by Paolo Fresu.

He worked with many in the Italian and international jazz scene, including Alex Foster, John Clark, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, Steve Grossmann, Maria Pia de Vito, Jim Black, Billy Cobham, Peter Bernstein, Joe Lovano, Dedè Ceccarelli, Rita Marcotulli, Franco Ambrosetti, Franco D'Andrea, Mark Nightingale, George Robert, Emmanuel Bex, Carol Welsman, Danilo Rea, Eddie Martinez, Gianluigi Trovesi, Antonello Salis, Roberto Gatto, Flavio Boltro, Paul Mc Candless , Jaribu Shaid, Paolo Damiani, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pietro Tonolo and John Stowell.

Bebo recorded about one hundred albums of which twenty both as lead-musician and as co-leader. He performed in numerous countries: France, Germany, Australia, Colombia, USA, Yemen, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Israel, Austria, Morocco, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Lebanon, Denmark, Switzerland, Oman, Kuwait, Holland, Belgium, New Caledonia, Macedonia, Bahrain, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, China and Colombia.



Data: Gio 10 Ott 2019

Orario: Alle 18:00

Organizzato da : IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero


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